Happy Birthday James the Giant!

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Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby cooran » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:39 am

Happy Birthday James!

Thought you'd prefer a GIANT cake!
:smile:

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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby James the Giant » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:42 am

Thanks! I wonder who that elderly couple are, and why they have an enormous inflatable cake on their snowy lawn?
I actually forgot it was my birthday until at breakfast someone wished me a happy birthday.
Hopefully this will be my last birthday outside a monastery for a long time! :anjali:
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:13 pm

Happy Birthday James!!! :smile:
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:52 pm

Happy Birthday!!
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby Ytrog » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:36 pm

Happy birthday :toast:

James the Giant wrote:Hopefully this will be my last birthday outside a monastery for a long time!

Now I'm wondering how a birthday inside a monastery would be :thinking:
Never heard they celebrate it, also never heard they don't.
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:35 pm

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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby Nyana » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:46 am

Happy birthday!!!
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:13 am

Greetings James,

James the Giant wrote:Thanks! I wonder who that elderly couple are, and why they have an enormous inflatable cake on their snowy lawn?

I'll tell you why... it's to wish you happy birthday of course, chief!

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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:08 am

Happy belated brithday! I brought cake:

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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby cooran » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:19 am

James - Let's save the cake I gave for a rainy day, and eat the one Khalil Bodhi gave. :smile:
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:25 am

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This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby bodom » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:30 am

Happy Birthday James!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Happy Birthday James the Giant!

Postby Alobha » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:34 am

Happy birthday! :smile:
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